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Crunchyroll Brings New Crunchy City to Fans at Home for Virtual Expo

Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand, is preparing for the first-ever Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, a digital take on Crunchyroll’s yearly flagship convention. The weekend will be packed with panels, premieres, guests, performances, and more. This year, the global anime community is invited to explore the New Crunchy City from the comfort of their own home to celebrate the best and brightest in Japanese animation. Some of the highlights include:

A huge lineup of guests including the legendary horror artist Junji Ito, as well as creative staff and voice actors from Crunchyroll Original series like The God of High School, EX-ARM, GIBIATE, and Noblesse as well as Dr. STONE among many others.

World and domestic U.S. premieres of both the monstrous GIBIAT episode 9 and the first five minutes of the Crunchyroll Originals series Noblesse.

A stellar lineup for the “Professional Athletes of Anime” panel including Aries Merritt, Olympic Gold Medalist for Team USA in track and field, Cole Anthony, a rising star in the American basketball scene currently playing point guard for the North Carolina Tar Heels and Miro, streamer and professional wrestling champion (previously wrestling for WWE as Rusev).

Crunchyroll Games is set to showcase exclusive gameplay content and announcements alongside the game developers and creative staff of NextNinja, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and Gaudium, the studio behind the upcoming Crunchyroll Game, Grand Alliance.

An extensive slate of panels includes a Rent-a-Girlfriend Q&A with the voice actors, a discussion on race in anime from Arthell Isom (CEO of D’ART Shtajio) and Roland Kelts (author of JAPANAMERICA), a conversation with horror artist Junji Ito on anime’s best cats, legendary Rock M. Sakura as a judge for Hime’s Cosplay Cup, discussion from black women pioneering the anime fandom space in the panel, “Black Girl Magic: anime edition,” industry panels from Crunchyroll and Crunchyroll Games, and much more!

The Crunchyroll Store will also be releasing tropical-themed apparel celebrating V-CRX 2020 later this week. Fans can check in with crunchyrollexpo.com for more information.

An immersive take on a virtual New Crunchy City, where fans can explore a series of districts similar to what fans are used to seeing at conventions: panel, premieres, and screenings in the Theater District; fan activations and activities in the Super Arcade; artist alley where fans can purchase directly from each artist’s store in the Anime Arts District; and an exhibitor hall in the Central Shopping District.

Musical performances from artists Myth & Roid and TeddyLoid.

Panels will be available to stream live in the Theater District at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, and will be uploaded to the V-CRX On-Demand section periodically throughout the weekend to ensure fans can catch up on any of the action they might have missed.

International registration for V-CRX is at crunchyrollexpo.com. The global anime community is encouraged to sign up for a free pass for this year’s event to catch all the action, announcements, guest panels, and more! V-CRX runs Labor Day Weekend beginning on Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6.

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